Friday, June 8, 2012

Scott White Adds Some Clarity on Josh Robinson Signing

I spoke briefly with Texas Stars GM Scott White this morning about new goalie Josh Robinson and the state of Texas's goaltending. White indicates that Robinson's contract is not signed yet, but they have agreed to terms. Robinson is a depth signing for the team, and White expects that he will be assigned to the ECHL and not the CHL's Allen Americans.

It is unclear whether the ECHL means Idaho or another team in the league. Depending on what happens with Beskorowany, Bachman and Nihlstorp, Texas could need to assign Robinson or Beskorowany to an ECHL club not named the Steelheads.

On other fronts, White indicated that AHL contract signings will have to wait until after NHL free agency for Texas. Players like Mike Hedden and Stephen Schultz highlight the list of players on expiring AHL contracts for Texas.

White also said that he expects a quicker timeline than last summer on the coaching hire. Separately, Mike Heika wrote today that the Stars are in active talks with Dallas associate coach Willie Desjardins about becoming the head coach of the Texas Stars. Desjardins has a solid history as a head coach in the WHL with Medicine Hat. Jace Coyle and Tristan King both played for him during his tenure there.

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